Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful and colourful shabby chic inspired Northamptonshire Wedding at The Granary.
Images of the day were captured by Amy Bennett Photography.
Amy is a wedding and family lifestyle photographer based in Rugby in the Midlands.
She describes her style of photography as natural, creative and relaxed telling the story of your day.
Amy says of the couples day…
Katie & Phil got married at a gorgeous venue called The Granary in Fawsley.
They had two ceremonies wit he first one was the legal ceremony with their closest family and friends.
It was a lovely and the couple didn’t stop smiling the whole way through – in fact all day!
Then more family and friends arrived for the second ceremony, this one was to be outside on the lawn area.
Weather was a key factor in if the second ceremony would go ahead as planned, and it certainly tried to put plans on hold and there were a few short rain showers while guests had tea and scones on the terrace before the second ceremony.
But the decision was made to have their outdoor ceremony as planned, regardless of the weather.
The beautiful ceremony was conducted by a celebrant very special to Katie’s family.
There was lots of laughter and some tears (I even welled up myself!) but most importantly there was lots of LOVE!
At one point everyone looked a bit worried as a few drops of rain were felt, which then got a little more frequent, but Katie & Phil didn’t let it bother them one bit, they embraced the rain and still had the outdoor ceremony they had always wanted.
Instead of confetti, they had bubbles! The children had bubble guns and the rest of the guests had little pots of bubble mixture. Katie & Phil didn’t stop laughing and smiling as they walked through the tunnel of guests and bubbles. T
The sun even came out at the perfect time, and guests then had drinks in the sunshine on the terrace, while a fantastic acoustic musician played.
The marquee room set up looked incredible featuring lots of things made by the couple. It was like an Aladdin’s cave of details for me!
So many thoughtful personal touches and it all came together perfectly.
I now hand over to beautiful Bride Katie…
How did you meet?
We met at a mutual friend’s wedding in Turkey.
We had actually met each other on a night out three years previous but it wasn’t meant to be back then!
Fast forward a few years and a plane journey to sunnier climes, and we immediately hit it off sitting round the pool.
Back in England, we met up but with few expectations as Katie was about to move to Oxford to start her teaching training.
However, after a year of car journeys back and forth, we moved in together!
Tell us about the Engagement…
Phil had organised a surprise weekend away for my birthday; where we went to Sheffield to a lovely hotel and had afternoon tea.
The tea arrived and I began to happily tuck in, blind to Phil shifting uncomfortably and looking slightly anxious.
It wasn’t until he told me that the scones had fish paste in (I HATE fish) that I looked at that layer of food and clocked a beautiful pink paper rose with the words ‘will you marry me’ on the petals and a ring in the middle!
He then got down on one knee before I said a big yes in front of some stunned diners!!
Afterwards, we celebrated with some cocktails and a Mumford and Sons concert.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
I’m not going to lie, I had been guilty of ‘pintresting’ wedding ideas for some time and had a fairly clear idea of what I did and didn’t want.
As this was Phil’s second time walking down the aisle, we wanted something fairly relaxed.
I am very creative and was excited for the crafting activities whereas Phil is a big ‘foodie’ so was keen to find delicious food to treat our guests to.
I was also determined to have an outdoor ceremony and when we visited The Granary, we fell in love with their outdoor space.
Glen and the team there were so accommodating and the different spaces they had available fitted perfectly with our relaxed, countryside vision.
We loved the indoor and outdoor space so much that we actually ended up getting married twice to utilise both; the official ceremony inside in the small intimate barn with close friends and family and a much larger ceremony on the lawn with a family friend conducting the service.
Not only did that tick all the boxes but it meant that we were able to invite more of our friends and made the day even more special and memorable.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
I loved the shabby chic look but wanted to pepper the décor with lots of quirky touches to make it truly individual.
We ended up making a lot of the décor ourselves; decoupaging the table numbers with images, photographs and comics that were personal to us, sprucing up an old ladder and decorating it with photographs of those that weren’t able to be with us and wrapping jars and bottles with ribbons and hessian.
And Phil was keen to make his mark too, creating a cigar bar, placing Lego Star Wars characters (that featured on our invitations) around as well as making up a range of homemade chutneys to accompany our impressive cheese cake.
In terms of colour theme, it was based around the hot pink bow ties that Phil picked out.
I managed to find some beautiful brightly coloured bridesmaid dresses which picked that colour up and that were similar style to my bridal gown and it went from there.
We didn’t want to go overboard on using the same colour and so the flowers were based on the colours in the bridesmaid dresses rather than solely on the hot pink!
What was the best bit of your day?
Such a tricky question!
What always sticks with me was how fun and relaxed the day was.
We didn’t feel pressured or in a rush or on a timescale and so really enjoyed ourselves and made the most of the day.
Also, with Phil having worked in the catering trade and facilitated some weddings, we were keen to avoid the afternoon lull and so ensured that we planned lots to keep everybody busy, fed and entertained.
Some memorable moments were definitely the service conducted by the family friend; having lost some immediate family members in recent years, she was able to include them in the service and that was really special.
We put a lot of effort into the food, selecting a supplier that really pulled it out of the bag and also creating a quite frankly, mega dessert bar!
Also, once the sun had gone down and the elderly relatives were all tucked up in bed, putting on some old school dance music and busting some serious shapes until the small hours!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
I fretted a lot about where to stay and whether it was suitably fancy because that’s what people did but in the end, it was worrying for nothing.
It’s very easy to get hung up on an idea because that’s what’s expected but you have to do what is right for you and just enjoy it as it is over so quickly!
I’m glad we made it so personal and worked hard on adding quirky touches that people really picked up on.
Venue – The Granary – Fawsley
Photographer – Amy Bennett Photography
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Bridesmaid Gowns – Chi Chi London
Suit – Skopes – Coventry
Cake – Cheese on the Green – Bilton
Doughnuts – Krispy Kreme
Florist – Albetine Floral – Rugby
Rings – The Gem Studio – Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham
Stationery – Jumpfox – Etsy
Make up – Bride
Hair – Amanda Gorman – Experience Hair – Rugby
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